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Jul 8, 2010 11:16 PM

What do you do with fat/lard/drippings?!

aside from frying an egg or making gravy?! Everyone treats these things as gold, but i don't *really* know what to do with them on a daily basis so I toss them. sure, I'll use bacon fat in the recipe I'm making the bacon for and whatnot, but I cant think of a reason to save, say, seasoned chicken fat...

so what do I DO with these things? Maybe there are super elaborate, highly difficult dishes that I dont know about (and, truthfully, will probably never make...)

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  1. You can use chicken fat for making a roux for a chicken dish. If you are going to use it on chicken, the roux might as well taste like chicken.

    Some of the stuff, you will just have to throw away but do you know how to discard it? NO you don't run it down the drain! That will just get you a plumbing service charge eventually. Pour it into a container filled with paper towels. The paper towels will absorb it and when it is cool, you can toss it into the garbage.

    1. To make proper refried beans one must "greasar" los frijoles w/ either lard or bacon grease.

      1. Add chicken fat to rice.

        1. You can use chicken fat for anything chicken related: frying chicken, browning chicken cutlets, stir fries, etc. Beef fat can be used in the same way: searing beef for stew, searing a steak in a hot skillet, etc. To me, pork fat IS gold. I use it in biscuits & cornbread, gravies & sauces, add to a pot of veggies, cook a pan of fried potatoes & onions or squash & onions, refried beans, baked beans or add to bean soup. Make a warm bacon vinaigrette for a salad or warm potato salad. Fry up some pork chops or brown a pork tenderloin in bacon fat. There are a host of possibliities...

            1. re: MandalayVA

              Oh my - That looks like insane greatness!